February 28, 2007

24, Seasons 2 and 3 - $3

In January I rented the first season of 24 and enjoyed it, at least enough to go out and rent season 2. Following that I was somehow convinced to also rent season 3 and that's where things got even worse. It's not that 24 isn't entertaining at times, but it is predictable. It is full of unconvincing plots, inconsistent characters and worst of all 24 treats you the viewer like an idiot.

Maybe 24 is a better experience for all the fans who watch it on TV, it must be easier to overlook the inconsistent plot lines when you have weeks in between episodes and months between seasons. Watching 3 seasons on DVD in 2 months likely exposes the flaws of a TV show in a way that's harder to miss.

I still give the creators of 24 some credit for creativity. It is a brilliant concept to have each episode be in real time and each season take place over a period of 24 hours. The main character, Jack Bauer, is played well by Kiefer Sutherland and overall the show uses techniques that are innovative.

The problem is; this was all there in the first season and nothing really changed, there weren't any new concepts in season 2 or 3. 24 is all about surprising the audience and it worked in season 1. Now I come to expect them to kill off main characters and generally do the last thing I'm expecting. It's not new anymore, nor is the rest of the show.

24 is worth checking out if you've never seen it but basically if you've seen one season, or even most of one season, you've seen it all. It has become way too formulaic and I could only get through the last few episodes of season 2 and 3 by completely suspending my common sense.

24, Seasons 2 and 3 are definitely on my 'Don't Watch It' list and I give them both a value of $3.


Coutts said...

awesome. there is something satisfying to me about the show being as ultimately disappointing as i thought it would be. great review.

i can tell you are a fair reviewer because you are willing to pan the same show you've praised.

so will you watch season 4 or are you hooked beyond reason?

Tony Tanti said...

Thanks Jon.

Watching season 4 would take a lot of convincing for me. Amy likes it a little more than me but even she was groaning near the end of season 3.

No, I think it's time to start renting West Wing.

We don't have cable at home anymore by the way, in case you're wondering how we watched so much 24 in the last 2 months.

Sheamus the... said...

could never get into this show man

* (asterisk) said...

I've never really got into the whole 24 thing. Just doesn't do it for me.